Number 13 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Picturesque People of the Empire' issued by Ogden's branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. There is a picture on one side with an inscription reading 'Negro, Gold Coast', and a description on the other side. The text on the reverse reads: 'The British Gold Coast Colony is a wedge-shaped territory in West Africa, lying between Upper Senegal and the Gulf of Guinea. Its romantic name refers to the grains of gold washed down with the sand in the rivers. Of the negro tribes inhabiting the Gold Coast, the most important is the Fanti Colony, who came originally from the north and conquered the coast tribes. In the eastern part of the Colony are found the Accras, who are clever artisans and sailors, and are employed by the tribes of the interior as middlemen and interpreters.'
These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.
The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.
If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org